Morality and ‘Unto Others'. Response to commentary discussion

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We address the following issues raised by the commentators of our target article and book: (1) the problem of multiple perspectives; (2) how to define group selection; (3) distinguishing between the concepts of altruism and organism; (4) genetic versus cultural group selection; (5) the dark side of group selection; (6) the relationship between psychological and evolutionary altruism; (7) the question of whether the psychological questions can be answered; (8) psychological experiments. We thank the contributors for their commentaries, which provide a diverse agenda for future study of evolution and morality. Our response will follow the organization of our book, distinguishing between evolutionary issues that concern fitness effects and psychological issues that concern motives.

Document Type: Review Article

Affiliations: 1: Philosophy Dept., University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI 53706, USA . Email:ersober@facstaff.wisc.edu 2: Email: dwilson@binghamton.edu

Publication date: January 1, 2000

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